147. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – “The Boatman’s Call”

Back when Master Cave was burgling houses, trashing Melbourne punk venues and injecting any shit he could get hold of into his veins, I don’t think too many folk would have thought he’d be penning tunes appropriate for weddings and chickflicks.

Album Cover Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds The Boatman's CallYet, that is exactly what pops up on this oh-so-chilled Cave and Co effort. Having vented his murderous tendencies on the last release, this time he explores his softer side.

This is a much-played CD in my collection. In the spirit of over-sharing in the blogosphere, I must confess this is a post-coital fave. This is the album where Cave sings most smoothly, and where the topic seems to be love.

The journey of the album is intriguing. He starts out enamoured (Into My Arms), but quickly People Ain’t No Good and love has been frustrated and faded (Where Do We Go Now But Nowhere). He professes a serious crush on future reviewee Polly Harvey across three songs. That’s lovestruck teenager levels of output.

The beauty here rests in the pared-backness of the orchestration. Cave’s voice is rarely accompanied by more than strings (often ensconced in a piano). The production levels are fantastic… making it best heard horizontal.

File under: Answer that call

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One response to “147. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – “The Boatman’s Call”

  1. What are you doing listening to Nick Cave whilst playing quoits? I would have thought that’s the perfect time to be bringing out some Don Ho or perhaps the Love Boat soundtrack.

    Best wishes
    Daphne

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